Benefits Available

Persons with disabilities (not less than 40%) are eligible for benefits under the persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act’95 and National Trust Act’99.

Nature of DisabilityMedical Board attached toJurisdiction
Physical disability & Mental DisabilityFor Kolkata
R.G Kar Medical College & Hospital
K.M Corporation Ward No 1-35
(South Dum Dum Municipality recently included in the jurisdiction of R.G. Kar MCH) Medical College & Hospital.36-71 (except 55 & 59)
NRS Medical College & Hospital72-106 & 55
Calcutta Medical College & Hospital107-141 & 59
For districts
All District (Sadar)/ Sub-divisional Hospitals
Concerned sub-divisional area for Physical Disabilities
All District HospitalsMental disability
Efficient handicapped are given national and State awards
IQ Measurement
(i)Department of Psychology/Applied Psychology, Kolkata University, 192, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata-9
(ii)Kolkata Paviov Hospital, 18, Gobra Road, Kolkata-17.
(iii)Institute of Psychiatry, 7, D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata-20
Identity Cards
(i)For Kolkata Municipal Corporation Area-Assistant Commissioner (Persons with Disabilities), 45, Ganesh Chandra Avenue (3rd Floor), Kolkata-13
(ii)For Districts-District Social Welfare Officer concern & Child Development Project Officer.
       Certificates issued by the National institute in respect to Audiometry (PTA/BERA), Psychometry would be accepted by the Medical Boards. Along with Ration Card all the items used for identification of a voter in a polling booth like passport, official identity card, EPIC, driving license, PAN card etc will be accepted by the medical boards as valid document for the purpose of identification. In case of minor, the documents of his/her parents would be sufficient.
       In case of mentally ill persons disability certificate would be issued by the Mental Board stated above after observation and treatment for one year.
2Since disability certificate issued by the competent medical boards constituted under the PWD Act, 95 is a pre-requisite for availing of benefits, concessions and relaxations. Persons with disabilities are entitled to prefer an appeal to the Appellate Medical Board at 45 Genesh Chandra Avenue Kolkata, 13 for redressal for their grievances relating to any dispute regarding recognizing any person as PWD under the Act or any dispute regarding percentage of disability as certified by competent medical boards.
Education
(i)3% seats are reserved for children with disabilities for admission in all educational institutes.
(ii)Students with disability reading up to class VIII receive scholarships from social welfare directorate at Kolkata and district social welfare officers in districts.
(iii)Students from Class IX and above receive scholarships from mass education extension department.
(iv)Persons with loco motor disability in lower limb, having minimum 40% and not exceeding 60% disability, are permissible to be admitted into MBBS course.
(v)Visually handicapped, physically handicapped and dyslexic students are allowed assistance of scribes during examination.
(vi)Students with disability in upper limb and students with visually handicapped are allowed 20 minutes & 30 minutes extra time in case of papers with 2 hours & 3 hours duration respectively in UPSC examination.
(vii)Children with disabilities are provided with special and integrated school facilities. Students with disabilities are provided with book grant, uniform and other assistance under IEDC scheme of Sarba Siksha Abhijan.
Employment
(i)persons with physical disabilities outside kolkata may register their names in regional employment exchange / district employment exchange. Mobile registration facilities are being provided by directorate of employment to accommodate adult disabled persons receiving vocational training in various NGOs.
(ii)Vacancies not less than 3% are reserved for the persons with disabilities-1% each for persons suffering from (a) low vision/blindness (b) hearing impairment (c) locomotor disability/cerebral palsy.
(iii)12th, 42nd & 72nd posts in 100 point Roster have been kept reserved by the State government for facilitating employment to persons with disabilities.
(iv)Efficient handicapped employees, self-employed, employer, placement officers are given national and state awards by union government and West Bengal government respectively.
(v)West Bengal Public Service Commission exempted persons with disabilities from paying examination fees.
Age concession in employment & other facilities
(i)physically handicapped persons are entitled to age concession upto 45 years at the time of entry into the government services.
(ii)Physically handicapped persons applied for Group ‘C’ and ‘B’ (non-gazetted) posts of Government of India advertised by SSC & UPSC are entitled for exemption from the payment of examination and application fees.
(iii)No establishment shall dispense with or reduce in rank an employee who acquires a disability during his service. If found unsuitable for the existing post he may be shifted to some other post with same pay scale and service benefits. In case no such post is available he may be kept on Supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of Superannuation.
(iv)No promotion shall be denied on the ground of his disability.
(v)State government employees with locomotor/visual disabilities are entitled to conveyance allowance to the tune of 5% of the basic pay subject to a maximum Rs. 200 P.M.
(vi)West Bengal Public Service Commission exempted examination fees for the disabled candidates and allowed scribes for visually disabled candidates.
Posting, Transfer etc.
(i)physically handicapped persons in government employment (Group C & D) are entitled to get preference in the matter of their of posting near their native places, subject to administrative constraints.
(ii)A government employee with a mentally retarded child is sympathetically considered for his/her posting at a place of his/her choice.
This provision holds for both state and central government institutions
Economic assistance
(i)Disabled persons are entitled to support for self-employment under Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) through formation of Self-help groups. In the case of disabled persons a self-help group may consist of a minimum of five persons belonging to the families below poverty line. 3% quota persons under SGSY.
(ii)Disabled persons are entitled to financial assistance by the National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC) at a concessional rate of interest as detailed hereunder:
Project CostNHFDC ShareBeneficiaries ShareRate of Interest
Less than Rs.50,000100%Nil5% p.a.
Above Rs.50,000 & Less than 1 Lakh95%5%6% p.a.
Above 1 Lakh90%10%6% p.a.
All loans are to be repaid within 7 years. A rebate of 1% on interest for disabled women is admissible.
(iii)3% of funds for construction and upgradation of dwelling houses free of cost for the disabled rural poor living below poverty line are kept reserved under Indiaa Awas Joyana (IAY).
(iv)Children with disability of state and central government employees who are not capable of earning their livelihood independently are entitled to benefit of family pension for life.
(v)Persons with disability below poverty line are entitled to Disability Pension @ Rs. 500/- p.m.
Non-Discrimination
Persons with Disabilities are entitled to a Barrier-Free Environment.
(i)In transport :
* By arranging easy access.
* By adapting toilets in transport in such a way as to permit the wheelchair users to use the them conveniently.
(ii)on the road :
* By installation of auditory signals of red lights in the public roads.
* By causing curve cuts and slopes for the easy access of wheel-chair users.
* By engraving on the surface of the Zebra-crossing.
* By installing warning signals at appropriate places.
(iii)In built-up environment :
* By construction of ramps with hand-rails.
* By adaptation of toilets for wheel-chair users.
* By installation of Braille symbols/auditory signals in elevators or lifts.
Aids and appliances
(i)persons with disabilities are eligible for assistive devices under ADIP (Govt. of India) schemes. Only those aids and appliances which do not cost less than Rs. 50/- or more than Rs. 6000/- are covered under the scheme. However, for visually, mentally, speech and hearing or multiple disabled, the upper limit would be Rs. 8000/- during their study.
(ii)Persons with disabilities are also provided with different prosthetic aids free of cost by the state government.
Travel Facilities
A. By surface transport
    Persons with disabilities are allowed free travel facilities in buses run by state transport corporations (except deluxe/rocket and inter-state) and buses and trams run by Kolkata Tramways Company. This facility is available with private buses also.
B. By Rail
    Railway concessions are available for persons with disabilities as per the following table (except Rajdhani and Satabdi).
Eligible CategoryFirst ClassSecond ClassSleeper ClassAC Chair 2 Car & AC 3 TierAC Tier & AC First Class
100% disability or a persons with disabilities who cannot travel without escort75757575*50*
100% hearing impaired505050XX
Concession for escorts for blind, orthopaedically handicapped and mentally retarded persons are also available.
C. By air
(i)50% concessional fare can be availed of by blind person on a single one way journey or single fare for round trip journey on all domestic flights by the Indian Airlines. No concession for escort is available.
(ii)50% concessional fare can also be availed of by a person with 80% locomotor disability. No concession of escort is available.
Income Tax relief
(i)A resident individual having permanent physical disability is entitled to claim a deduction upto Rs. 50,000 under the Income Tax Act. For severe disabled persons relief is of Rs. 75,000.
(ii)The Act provides for deduction of a sum of Rs. 50,000/- for maintenance of handicapped dependant including medical treatment. For severe disabled persons relief is of Rs. 75,000.
Exemption on State Tax on profession
 PWDs (visually handicapped hearing handicapped and orthopaedically handicapped) are entitled to exemption on professional tax.
Redressal of grievances
     Persons with disabilities may move the commissioner for persons with disabilities at 45 Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata-700 013 for redressal of grievances relating to the rights provided by persons with disabilities (equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation) Act, 1995 and National Trust Act, 1999.

    District Magistrates who have been designed as the additional commissioner for persons with disabilities may also be approached in case of any discrimination against PWDs and infringement of the rights provided under the Acts.
Legal Guardianship
     In terms of provision laid down in the National Trust for Welfare for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 and rules thereafter legal Guardians are provided to persons with such disabilities requiring guardianships by the Local Level Committee. Parents, and relatives of such persons may apply or contact office of the commissioner (disabilities). West Bengal for kolkata district and for other district social welfare officer of the concerned district may be approached.
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